Emergency Preparedness

A few days ago, Cole and I finally sat down and created an Amazon wishlist of emergency preparedness items we want for home, for our vehicles, and for work. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while. We bought a few items the other night with the Amazon gift codes we received from the Coinstar machine (we turned in over $70 worth of coins!) and we plan on buying an item or two each paycheck.

The catalyst for us doing this now is that a large El Niño is very likely, according to the NOAA. Here’s their most recent blog post on the upcoming El Niño: https://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/enso/september-2015-el-ni%C3%B1o-update-and-qa.

Why is this such a big deal? Yesterday, it rained in the greater Los Angeles area, pretty steadily, from the wee morning hours until about 10am. The infrastructure here could not even handle that. Freeways flooded and shut down completely. My coworker was on the 710 freeway for three and a half hours trying to get from Long Beach to Pasadena, under thirty miles in distance. For an hour and a half of that, he was stopped completely on the freeway and turned his car off. FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF. He ended up being able to turn around and go home, regroup, and take a completely different route. He got to work around 12:45pm. He initially left his apartment at 7:30am.

If yesterday is any kind of indication of how this winter is going to go, we’re pretty fucked here in L.A.

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  1. teramis says:

    You’re right, our infrastructure is much more fragile than most people realize. Glad to hear you’re getting prepared for eventualities. Better safe than sorry, and all that!

  2. John says:

    I made a similar list a while back, but yours included some things I didn’t think of. One thing you might want to add to yours is water treatment tablets, which are at the bottom of my list: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1IRMULOW0PCTC
    They’re cheap and really good to have if the water supply gets messed up after an earthquake.

    • pselzie says:

      We had water purifying tablets on the list but then removed them since we were getting the Life Straws; however, your comment makes me reconsider in case I have to purify a large amount of water for something and I’m unable to boil it. Thanks!

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